Music Career Resources

The Musician’s Way helps rising musicians develop crucial professional skills, and the following resources expand on the concepts described in the text.

Music Career Resources and Tools

Build a Website

1) Tech-challenged musicians: WeeblyBandzoogle | SquareSpace
2) Tech-knowledgeable:; development tips:
-Best caching plugin (greatly speed up performance): WP Rocket
-Free web-building tutorials:
3) Search engine optimization tips (free): The Beginner’s Guide to SEO

Video/audio editing & converting: AVS | Tipard (free & low-cost tools)
Audio recording & editing: Audacity (free, open-source, cross-platform)

General Music Business Tools Email newsletter service. Free for lists <2000.
PayPal for business. Accept credit card payments on your site.
Square. Accept in-person credit card payments.

DistroKid. Distributes your recorded music to 150+ streaming services and stores. You keep all royalties. Only $20/yr to upload unlimited albums & tracks.

Airbnb. Stay with hosts to lower touring costs. $40 off for new users!
Become an Airbnb Host. Ticket and promote concerts and events.

Liability/Event Insurance: Insurance CanopyFractured Atlas Buy mechanical licenses to record copyrighted music. Collect digital performance royalties.

Shopify Shopping Cart Software. Create an online store.

Direct-to-Fan Platforms | Share recordings and attract fans. Announce and discover classical events.
SongKick Tourbox. Announce performance dates.

Crowdfunding Resources & Tips
The Musician’s Guide to Fan-Funding,” by Jonathan Ostrow
The Crowdfunding Quandary,” by Ariel Hyatt

Grants & Grant Writing

Resources for Grantseekers. Links to grant sources & grant writing tips.
New Music USA. Learn about and fund new American concert music.

Indexes of Concert Presenters Directory of classical/jazz presenters & performers.

Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Chamber Music America (classical & jazz)
National Association for Campus Activities
International Performing Arts for Youth

U.S. State & Regional Arts Orgs. A valuable list from the NEA.
U.S. Regional Arts Organizations.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (U.S.).
How to Get Gigs on SonicBids,” by Simon Tam (May 2012)

Music Teacher Resources | Create a website, schedule online, accept credit cards, and more. Marty Fort’s industry-leading system.

Applying for Higher Ed Faculty Positions, via The Musician’s Way Blog.

The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness, by Gerald Klickstein (Oxford, 2009; 15th printing, 2019).

On Staff: A Practical Guide to Starting Your Career in a University Music Dept., by Donald Hamann (Oxford, 2013).

From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers, by Watkins and Scott (Oxford, 2012).

Association of Teaching Artists. Information and links.
A Career in Music Therapy, from the American Music Therapy Assoc.

Job Listings for Musicians, Singers, Music Educators

Music Job Search Sites. Via the Peabody Conservatory (scroll down).

International Musician. Orchestra jobs in the US. By subscription. | | European orchestra vacancies.
Orchestras Canada Job Board.

League of American Orchestras. Admin., conducting and other jobs.
Musical Chairs. Orchestral and admin. job listings. Arts administration and other jobs.
International Society of Performing Arts – Facebook page.

Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection. Useful database. Free trial.
YapTracker. Opera auditions & voice competitions. $59/year.
See the For Singers page for more voice resources.

Higher Education Job Listings 
Chronicle of Higher Education
College Music Society (members only)
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
Academic Gates | Academic Jobs Online
Association Européenne des Conservatoires

K-12 music teaching jobs (US)

NAfME Job Listings
US State Education Agencies | |
ASTA string teaching job board

Other Music Job & Internship Search Sites

New York Foundation for the Arts. Jobs, internships, resources |

Military & Church Music Jobs, via the Peabody Conservatory (scroll down)

ProShip Entertainment. | Landau Music. Cruise ship gigs | Jobs in musical theater & theme parks

Rhinegold Recruitment (UK & EU) | | | |

Career Advice and Guidance for Musicians

Music Career Education

Music Career Articles on The Musician’s Way Blog.
Lists of Music Careers, via the Berklee College of Music.

Music Industry Quizzes. From the Future of Music Coalition. Fiscal sponsorship, ticketing, education, and more.

Flying with Your Instrument. Via the American Federation of Musicians.
How to play in someone else’s band,” by Danny Barnes. Sage advice!

The DIY Musician Blog. From CDBaby.
The Disc Makers Blog, “for independent musicians.” “The new music business.”
CyberPR Blog. Online marketing tips from Ariel Hyatt.

Career Tools from Broadly applicable.
Arts Journal. A digest of arts journalism.

Incorporated Society of Musicians (UK). | Musicians’ Union (UK).

Articles & Resources about Marketing

Sample Press Releases, via
Press Release Format & Template.
Electronic Press Kit (EPK) Tips, via CD Baby.
National Arts Marketing Project. A program of Americans for the Arts.

Make Better Marketing Plans with a SWOT Analysis,” by David Roberts.
“6 case studies on successful online marketing,” by Jill Haverkamp.
“How to post a perfect press kit on your website,” by Ariel Hyatt.

Resume, Bio, Cover Letter Tips

Career Center at the Peabody Conservatory.
Institute for Music Leadership. Resources from the Eastman School.
Guidebooks from the Entrepreneurial Musicianship dept. at NEC.
Bios That Inspire by Gerald Klickstein.
Why do you need a bio? by Dan Kimpel.
Writing the Dreaded Cover Letter, by Katharine Brooks.

Career Development Books

Beyond Talent (3rd ed.), by Angela Beeching (Oxford, 2019). Companion site.

The Musician’s Way, by Gerald Klickstein (Oxford, 2009; 15th printing, 2019).

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen (Penguin, 2002).
Tribes, by Seth Godin. How to build communities of followers (2008).

Legal Advice and Resources for Musicians

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. U.S., Canada, Australia
VLA New York | VLA MassachusettsCalif. Lawyers for the Arts
Lawyers for the Creative Arts. Pro-bono legal help in Chicago & Illinois

Legal Resources from
IP Legal Freebies Blog

Liability/Event Insurance: Insurance CanopyFractured Atlas

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the US. A handy chart
Copyright information & links from the National Association for Music Ed
Copyright Made Simple. A basic introduction from the IMSLP

Music Industry Quizzes from the Future of Music Coalition

The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law, by James Frankel
(Hal Leonard, 2009)

Salary Information and Employment Statistics for Musicians

Occupational Outlook Handbooks from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Musicians & Singers | Music Directors & Composers.

Occupational Employment and Wages: Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary. From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Salary Ranges for US Music Positions, via Berklee (2016).
Salary Calculator, via the National Assoc. of Colleges & Employers.

Strategic National Arts Alumni Project. Salary data and more.
Facts and Figures Concerning Music and Higher Education in the United States,via the College Music Society (revised Jan. 2015).

Tax and Bookkeeping Tips

Bookkeeping for Artists, by Maggie Kruser.

Expense & income worksheets for musicians, from

Volunteer Opportunities

Healing with Music. An article on The Musician’s Way Blog.

Corporation for National and Community Service (U.S.). Search for and post volunteer opportunities.

Youth Music (U.K.). Resources and links.
Volunteer Canada.